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The blog is taking a break, Woot isn’t!

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Due to lack of time, I’ve had to stop updating this blog. Woot Design is still very much alive and well though, so if you would like to use our design or branding services, please get in touch via

In the mean time, why not buy yourself a nice t-shirt or screenprint?

Connecting To.. branding pitch

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010


Here’s a logo I designed as part of a branding pitch for a social care management company. Their business is based around bringing together all the disparate independent local care schemes and facilities which they then centrally manage. By doing so, members of the community would be able to go to one location or phone one number and be able to find out about the whole range of facilities in their area. This is way easier than the current system where people must research and contact each service separately, due to the independent nature of the services offered.

The angle they wanted to take on the project identity (entitled Connecting To…) was the idea of connecting; both services to one another and people to services. This served as the basis for my logo concept - connecting the letters which make up the words with light coloured lines angled at 45 degrees, echoing human script. The two blues are the corporate colours of the company.

I thought I’d hit the nail on the head with this one, but they had already started running with someone else’s offering so I missed out on the chance to really get it through the door. Though I did get to produce some photography and a brochure for them to use as part of their project pitch to the local council, so I didn’t totally miss out. I can’t show that here though, it’s not in the rules.

New Work: World Cup T-shirts

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

3 lions t-shirt

With the World Cup just around the corner, LeftLion have re-issued the limited edition t-shirts I designed for them the last time the world got temporarily obsessed with kicking a ball around a field. The design pays homage to the iconic original England 3 lions motif, replacing the three traditional lions with a triple rendering of Nottingham’s stone left lion statue in its market square. The ‘England’ text at the top of the crest has been replaced with ‘Nottingham’ so you know where these wonderful garments come from. Here’s a detail of the design…

3 lions england/nottingham badge

The t-shirts are avilable in white as well as the red shown here. Girls’ slim-fit tees are on sale as well as standard men’s fit, all available from here.

They have been lovingly handprinted by local good folks Regenerate and look amazing - the print has been done with an attention to detail you just don’t get on mass-produced items. I’m told they are selling like meth-infused hotcakes, so if you fancy one for yourself, avoid disappointment and order one asap - they won’t be printing any more once they run out of stock, and with people like Ziggy Marley (below) sporting them, I don’t think it will take too long for these to shift.

Ziggy Marley 3 lions shirt

New Work: LeftLion T-shirts

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

LeftLion t-shirt

A couple of years ago I designed some t-shirts for LeftLion based around the idea of urban development and LeftLion’s role in the city. They sold out in a matter of weeks. Back by popular demand after a long wait, the second edition prints are now on sale, available in any colour scheme as long as it’s white on black, to misquote Henry Ford.

Printed by Regenerate Clothing in association with Shop, they were looking mighty fine as modelled by the guy I saw wearing one in a Sherwood pub while I was enjoying some bangers and mash the other day. Start the new decade in style and celebrate the growth of LeftLion and it’s host city by bagging yourself one of these limited edition t-shirts. Limited stock available here.

New Work: Website Animation

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

web animation edit

Okay, I must confess something. Though I am obsessed with still images, moving images (as in films/TV/adverts) have never really got my pulse racing. I know it’s not fashionable or very 21st century, but they just haven’t.

I am a man who is prone to contemplation and analysis, so perhaps I prefer working with stills as they give me the time to do this, whereas a movie reel doesn’t allow for it so much.Maybe my brain is just a little slow, though I wonder how much real-time analysis one can do at 30 frames-per-second.

Whatever. I like still images. And animation. I’ve always loved animation, especially low framerate stuff which is all jumpy. Seeing the joins between frames gives me the comfort of seeing the individual stills which make up the animation so I can work out what is going on, plus, I like the charm of it. But that’s just me; I know there’s plenty of people out there who like things as slick as they come, if not slicker, but I’m not one of them. So, this is about as motion-orientated as my work gets - a jumpy stopframe animation done for a part of a website I have been working on. It was shot with a Nikon D70 DSLR and 3 flashguns, then pieced together in Adobe Imageready.

It is going to be used to visually represent the ‘virtual receptionist’ which allows people to chat directly to one of the company directors when they are online. There’s a still version for when nobody from the company is available to chat, and the animated version above which comes to life when somone logs on.

Incidentally, the guy in the animation is David Cameron Walker, the new daytime voice of BBC Radio 1, provider of voiceover links between the different programs and news bulletins etc. So, if you have heard his voice and were wondering what he looks like, wonder no more. Just don’t expect me to make any jokes about him having ‘a good face for radio’. (Sorry Dave, just kidding).

Talkin ‘Bout Mags

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Poddingham logo

Last week I was a guest on the Leftion podcast, Poddingham, chatting to editor Jared Wilson about the upcoming 5th birthday issue and looking back at the previous 30 issues. Click the link to hear us talking about the crazy days of staying up until 6am to hit print deadline and other tales of the madness of magazine production. Our slot starts 32minutes into the show. I don’t get an introduction, so magically appear a couple of minutes into the conversation.

New Business Cards

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009


My new business cards arrived last week and they look sweet! The front is black on black with a UV spot varnish on the lettering (very 80’s, I know). Printed on heavy stock with a matte laminate finish by Aubergine Print in Southwell, who I highly recommend as a specialist business card printer. Their prices are great, but not at the expense of quality - these things feel even better than they look, and the stock response from people who I have been giving them to has been along the lines of “Ooh, these are really nice - I’ll be hanging on to this”.

I never really expected much of a response to giving out a business card, but it would seem that a well designed card with some thought put into it, rather than just settling for a utilitarian design, can get people’s attention. Besides, as a graphic designer, you’ve got to have a natty business card, right? - it’s a chance to show your skills as well as pass on your contact deets.

Exhibition: Our Style Is Legendary

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Our Style Is Legendary Exhibition Poster

I am currently busy organising and curating Our Style Is Legendary: The Art of LeftLion, an exhibition celebrating LeftLion’s five years as the cultural cornerstone of Nottingham. The exhibition will feature prints and canvases from an archive of artwork by the cream of Hoodtown’s illustrators and photographers, as well as video installations and sculpture in the gallery space.

We will also be showcasing new work by artists who responded to a brief of representing the left lion in Nottingham’s market square as a meeting place and human interaction in the city (this being the initial idea which inspired LeftLion’s existence). Judging by the pieces I have received so far, things are shaping up nicely with some fantastic canvases and a great film turning up in the post this week. I’ll add more details in the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled for a little taster of what will be on display.

The opening night is at the Malt Cross on Thursday 5th March, starting at 7pm with live bands and performance throughout the night. The artwork will be on show in the gallery space until Saturday 15th March, then a selection of prints will be on display at the Golden Fleece from Thursday 20th March.

Work will be on show by artists including Rob White, Nick Chaffe, Rikki Marr, Simon Mitchell, Alex Godwin, Dom Henry, Simon Raven of Backlit and lots of other artists who are way too studio-bound to have anything as unnatural as a website. Come down, have a beer and check it out, just watch out for the metal animals which will be prowling around.

Welcome to Pick Any Two

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

LeftLion issue 27 cover

THIS WEBSITE is a way for me to document my recent work and share my knowledge and experience of being a graphic designer for ten years. It seems fitting that my first post should coincide with me finishing the layout of issue 27 of Nottingham’s best free culture  mag, LeftLion. After 4½ years of art directing and laying out the magazine every other month, I am stepping aside to let a new designer experience the joys of deadline weekend and the early-rising sun mocking you through the curtains as you frantically try to get all those film titles italicised before the presses start rolling.

I can’t say I’ll miss it much, especially as I’ll still be art directing the mag, using the extra time to plan further ahead, arrange photoshoots with higher production values and generally just help the magazine kick ass that much more while also remaining sane and working on some personal projects.

The image above is the cover for the latest issue of the magazine which covers Hoodtown’s finest happenings for Feb-March 2009. Like every other magazine of recent weeks, we’re taking a good hard headshaking look at the credit crunch. The inital plan was for me to either screenprint or redraw the cover with coloured pencils to give the impression that we can’t afford computers to put the magazine together (which isn’t too far from the truth), but time was in short supply, as is often the way with editorial entities, and we had to settle for my inital illustrator concept drawing. Still, once it’s printed on newsprint it will still look like it was done with leaky pens anyway so all will not be lost.

Now I’ve just got to finish organising the exhibition LeftLion are holding in the city this March to celebrate five years of publishing work by the finest writers, illustrators and photographers in the Queen of the Midlands. I’ll keep you informed of developments on this here blog thang. To subscribe to my RSS feed, click the link in the sidebar or the site footer. Thanks for stopping by.